Saturday, August 21, 2010

DeAndre Daniels Taking Visits This Weekend


DeAndre Daniels, who will apparently reclassify to the 2010 class, was scheduled to visit USC today and UCLA tomorrow.

ZagsBlog.com reports that Daniels is taking the visits "because they're both local."

Here is an excerpt:

Taylor said Kentucky and Texas were also involved, but wasn’t sure who else the family was considering. Daniels recently decommitted from Texas.

The 6-foot-8, 180-pound Daniels is ranked the No. 3 shooting guard in the Class of 2011 by Rivals, and Taylor compared him to a young Scottie Pippen.

“I think he has a chance be an impact player,” Taylor said. “He’s improving as fast as anybody I’ve ever seen. Year to year he’s making gigantic leaps. He still has much more to go because he has a thin, young body. He shoots it well. He’s very skilled. He can handle, he can pass it. He’s a big, big rebounder. He rebounds very well. He’s a shot-blocker because he’s so long.


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Wall, Bledsoe, Cousins in NBA Rookie Dunk Contest

Former UK stars John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins were in the mix as a mini-slam dunk contest broke out during the NBA Rookie photo shoot:

DeCourcy Talks Kentucky Basketball with Larry Vaught


Mike DeCourcy, college basketball columnist for The Sporting News, spoke to Larry Vaught of the Danville Advocate-Messenger about the Kentucky basketball program.

Here is an excerpt of the conversation:

Question: With Davis committing to Kentucky, does this send a signal that Calipari will have the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for a third straight year?

DeCourcy: “How can anyone top it? He’s got two top-five players, and in Marquis Teague probably the best-passing point guard since Jason Kidd.

“Davis and Gilchrist are both low-maintenance players, which means UK will have plenty of time to deal with the minor adjustments UK will need to make with Teague’s approach to the game.

Question: With Teague, Gilchrist and Davis already giving verbal commitments, what else could Calipari add to this class?

DeCourcy: “It wouldn’t hurt to find a couple true big men. UK will lose Josh Harrellson after this year, and it would seem Enes Kanter will have the opportunity to enter the draft. Davis is not a center. If he has to play in the middle, he’ll take too much of a pounding. Kentucky needs some beef.

“And I really am of the belief that Kentucky could use some players who are likely to remain in the program for three or four years. Everybody’s raving right now about DeAndre Liggins, and rightfully so, but part of the reason he looks so good is he’s a man now. And he’s practicing with players who are, essentially, high school kids...

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Greece vs. Serbia: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Have you wondered what would need to happen to take a basketball brawl to the next level?

Keep and eye on Nenad Krstic, who played for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, in the video below and he will teach you.

In a pretty heated melee between Serbia and Greece at the Acropolis tournament in Athens, Krstic pulled out a chair and used it. He nailed Yannis Bouroussis, who had not played in the game because of an injury, in the side of his head and left him covered in blood.

Krstic was then arrested and later release, pending an investigation.

Here is the video:

Friday, August 20, 2010

Wall Returns to Class for NBA Rookie Transition Program


John Wall is back in the classroom for the three-day NBA Rookie Transition Program. The program is designed to help rookies understand that there is more to being an NBA player than basketball.

Here is an excerpt from The Washington Post:

But this week, Wall was back in a classroom setting, scribbling notes and listening to lectures during the NBA's rookie transition program. Wall, the No. 1 overall draft pick, joined nearly 50 other rookies in an intense, secluded, three-day schedule of seminars and workshops designed to help them understand that being a part of the NBA requires more than an ability to dribble, pass and shoot.

"It's a lot of stuff you have to learn," Wall said. "Everybody say they think they know everything, but we really don't know nothing."

For a corporation such as the NBA, which generated almost $4.2 billion in revenue last season, it is imperative that the face of the business - the players - have a full grasp of the challenges ahead. The program, which was created in 1986, focuses on subjects such as the stresses that come from playing an 82-game season, dealing with peer pressure, how to say no to family members and friends seeking handouts, being fiscally responsible, legal education, sexual health, the anti-drug program, anger management and gambling. Since the average NBA career ends at age 27 and after nearly five seasons, a portion of the program also was focused on preparing for life after basketball.


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UK Recruit Tony Wroten is Back on Top of His Game


A confident Tony Wroten has returned to the top of his game following a great summer. Wroten, who is being recruited by Kentucky, appears to be taking form as one of the nation's top recruits.

He did express displeasure with John Calipari on Twitter following the Fab 48 Vegas tournament.

Here is an excerpt from SeattleBallers.com:

Wroten looks to be taking form as the top recruit in the country again. He has yet to decide where he will be attending college but his top two choices are Washington and Kentucky. Wroten expressed his displeasure in John Calipari at the Fab 48 Vegas tournament on twitter. Noting that Calipari did not attend all his games like Lorenzo Romar had.


Minnesota Trying for New Trial in Tubby Smith Dispute


The University of Minnesota is trying to get a $1.25 million jury verdict involving head coach Tubby Smith thrown out.

Hennepin County District Court Judge Regina Chu appeared skeptical Friday as the case was presented.

Here is an excerpt from Dailyme.com:

Donald Chance Mark, Williams' lawyer, countered that closing arguments allow wide latitude and that Slovut lost his opportunity to object when he failed to do so at trial.

Chu seemed skeptical of Slovut's arguments. "Isn't it true one of the issues was Mr. Williams' reasonable reliance on the representation by Mr. Smith?" she asked

Slovut said the attack was about the decision not to hire Williams, not Smith's conversations.

Chu also said Williams' lawyers were justified in discussing why the university didn't hire him because "One of their theories was Mr. Williams had no reason not to be hired."


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John Calipari to Appear in Winchester


Kentucky head coach John Calipari will speak to the Clark County University of Kentucky Alumni Club from 6:00-8:00 pm. on September 28 at the Winchester Opera House.

Calipari will also be signing copies of his newest book, Bounce Back.

Reservations can be made at Alliance Bank or at the Winchester Opera House. The cost will be $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Contact Glenn Ferrin at (859) 749-6709 for more information.

Western Kentucky Game May Change for ESPN Opportunity


One game on Western Kentucky's basketball schedule may be changing for the opportunity to appear on national television.

WKU's game against North Texas, which is currently scheduled for January 8, may be changing to February 12.

The move would allow ESPN to show the game and would give the Sun Belt Conference a chance to showcase two of the league's top teams prior to Selection Sunday.

The game could potentially be "the marquee game" of the Sun Belt Conference season.

Article Says Kentucky Not in Running for Austin Rivers


Dan Wiederer of FayObserver.com says that 2011 scoring machine Austin Rivers is down to only four schools: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Florida.

Rivers has been mentioned in connection with Kentucky in recent weeks.

As the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2011, Rivers' elusiveness on the hardwood is one of the skills big-time college coaches marvel at; they admire his quick first step, his confidence and control. But as his recruitment intensifies and heads into a climactic fall, Rivers' talent in dodging all the curiosity about his college plans has heightened the intrigue.

Four elite college basketball programs remain in the running: Duke, North Carolina, Florida and Kansas. Which means message boards for all four sets of fans frequently buzz with informed chatter and wild speculation.

And while Rivers has tried to set the record straight, insisting he's taking his time to make a well thought-out decision, the sincerity of that assertion depends on whose actions and words you put the most stock into.



The Rivals.com list for Rivers, the No. 3 player overall in the 2011 Class, has also been updated to Kansas, Florida, North Carolina and Duke.

MSU's Faried is One of the Nation's Top Upperclassmen


SLAM Online has broken down the nation's top upperclassmen heading into the 2010-11 season. Morehead State's Kenneth Faried is mentioned as one of the top 10.

The top 5 upperclassmen:

1. Trey Thompkins, PF, Georgia
2. Kyle Singler, SF/PF, Duke
3. Jeff Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt
4. Kemba Walker, PG, Connecticut
5. Travis Leslie, SG, Georgia

Faried is mentioned in the "Next in line" group of: William Buford, Ohio State; Chris Singleton, Florida State; Kenneth Faried, Morehead State; Malcolm Lee, UCLA; Jimmer Fredette, BYU.

ESPN: UK Has Offered DeAndre Daniels and Lead


ESPN's Eamonn Brennan reports today that Kentucky has extended an offer to DeAndre Daniels, who will apparently switch back to the 2010 recruiting class.

Here is an excerpt:

As you'd imagine, plenty of schools are interested in in Daniels' services, and he has offers from Memphis, UTEP, St. John's, UCLA, UNLV and Kentucky. The leader in the clubhouse is reportedly Kentucky, which is probably the least surprising and most unoriginal bit of news in this whole thing. It's also big news, because Kentucky could use another player, a forward in particular, and at 6-foot-8, Daniels fits the bill.

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Daniels in action:



ETSU Basketball to Open with Kentucky Road Swing


East Tennessee State will open its men's basketball regular season with a two-game road trip to Kentucky.

On Friday, November 12, the Buccaneers will battle the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena.

The following Monday, ETSU will make a stop in Murray to face the Murray State Racers.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Look at John Wall's First NBA Rookie Card


Here is a look at John Wall's first NBA rookie basketball card.

Wall signed an exclusive contract with Panini recently. Here is an excerpt about the agreement from Dimemag.com:

“We are excited to be adding John Wall to the Panini team as one of our exclusive athletes,” says Mark Warsop, CEO of Panini America. “We identified John as someone we thought fit well with the Panini brand and his success during the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League has us excited for the start of the season. We feel that John, Evan [Turner] and Wesley [Johnson] will help bring excitement to trading card collectors worldwide.”

Orlando Antigua is One of the Best Recruiting Assistants


Yahoo! Sports has named the top 10 recruiting assistant coaches in college basketball. The first name on their list is Kentucky's Orlando Antigua.

Here is an excerpt:

Orlando Antigua, Kentucky – The former Pittsburgh player and assistant coach is one of the key reasons John Calipari has been able to lure talent such John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton, Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb to Kentucky. Antigua – who worked for Calipari during his final year at Memphis and then followed him to Lexington – played for the Harlem Globetrotters for seven years before breaking into the coaching ranks in 2002. He and new assistant Kenny Payne will make Kentucky a force in recruiting for years to come. The Wildcats have already secured pledges from three of the top eight players in the Class of 2011.


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BREAKING NEWS: "Big Story" Coming on DeAndre Daniels


Evan Daniels of Scout.com is reporting on Twitter that a "big story" is coming soon on big man DeAndre Daniels.

Here is Daniels' post:

EvanDanielscout: Big story coming on DeAndre Daniels...

The post from Daniels comes after Rivals.com reported earlier that Daniels, a top 10 player in the 2011 class, may reclassify to the 2010 class.

There is a chance that he will commit to Kentucky and play in the 2010 class, which would obviously be huge for a thin UK roster.

Daniels is listed as a 6-8 small forward.

Stay tuned...

UPDATE: Scout.com now reporting that Daniels may reclassify to the 2010 Class:

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Richie Farmer Says Decision on Lt. Governor Race is Close



Former Kentucky guard and Clay County basketball icon Richie Farmer says a decision is "close" on whether or not he will choose to run for Lieutenant Governor in the state of Kentucky:




The decision is coming soon:




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DeMarcus Cousins: "My goal is to win Rookie of the Year"


Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins has set himself some lofty goals for his rookie NBA season.

A confident Cousins, who has already proclaimed himself the best big man in the rookie class, says his goal is to win NBA Rookie of the Year and get the King back in the playoffs.

Here is an excerpt from Full Court Press Blog:

After previously declaring he was the best player in the 2010 rookie class, the fifth-overall pick in the NBA Draft continued to stand by his bold proclamation.

“My goal is to win Rookie of the Year, and I think I established myself and earned some respect in summer league,” he said. “But Tyreke (Evans) and I spoke about some of the things we want to accomplish (as a team) this year, starting with making the Playoffs.”

Cousins has worked diligently to refine his game since he was drafted by the Kings to prevent himself from making “rookie mistakes,” and training to stand the rigors of an 82-game schedule.

“The biggest thing is to continue to work on my conditioning,” he stated. “(Coach Paul Westphal) just wants me to stay in shape and be dominant, so I’m also working on my footwork and my post game. “

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Bulgaria, Videnov Top Portugal Again in European Championships


Bulgaria, led by former Western Kentucky sharp-shooter Filip Videnov, defeated Portugal for the second time in a matter of weeks during qualification for EuroBasket 2011.

Portugal found themselves down 21-2 to start the game and were not able to recover. Bulgaria rolled to a 103-64 win.

Videnov led the Bulgarians with 15 points.

Former Kentucky star Heshimu Evans led all scorers with 16 points for Portugal. In 5 games at the European Championships, Evans has put in 14.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

After 5 games, Bulgaria has a 3-2 record while Portugal sits at 2-3.

Eric Bledsoe Interview at NBA Rookie Photo Day

SLAM Magazine speaks to former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe:



* Video from slammagazine 's YouTube channel

Ranking NBA Point Guards: Rondo and Wall in Top 20


Yahoo! Sports has ranked the NBA's top 20 point guards prior to the 2010-11 season.

Former Kentucky Wildcats Rajon Rondo and John Wall are both in the top 20. Rondo has climbed all the way up to No. 3 behind Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Wall, as a rookie, is ranked No. 17 overall.

Here are excerpts on each:

3. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics (last year: eighth)

A big jump for Rajon, who could be incredibly overrated or playing the role of the point guard at a level that my tiny brain just can't understand. I'll split the difference, and hand him the top-five spot. Some Celtics fans were a little upset at the way Rondo let a good group of point men fly past him last season, but that's the way the position works in this era, with no hand checking to help stop these flyweights. Rondo is just 24, he nearly cracked double-figure assists last season, and he led the league in steals as well.

17. John Wall, Washington Wizards (last year: unranked)

It's all guesswork, at this point, isn't it? We've seen Wall's type before, and on some nights he'll look like the best point guard in the league. On other nights he'll look like a kid who should be suiting up against Mississippi State, and on others he'll look like exactly what he is: A young talent who makes up for the missteps with fine play, a sound contributor regardless of age.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Knight Shines in First Test as "The Next John Wall"


Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight shined in his first opportunity to be the so-called "next John Wall."

Knight led the Wildcats in scoring and assists in three lopsided exhibition victories on their tour of Canada.

Wildcat fans have almost immediately labelled him as being as good as or better than Wall.

While proclamations that Knight is better than the NBA's No. 1 draft pick are very premature, The Miami-Herald says Knight seems unfazed by the comparisons to Wall. Here is an excerpt:

Although Knight mans the same point guard position occupied by John Wall last season, Knight seems unfazed by the comparisons to a player that led Kentucky to a 35-win season, SEC title and berth in the Elite Eight before becoming the NBA No. 1 overall pick.

Some of that confidence stems from Knight being considered a better shooter than Wall, Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans -- fellow star guards who flourished under Calipari, at the same stage of their careers.

During the exhibition series Knight displayed the court savvy, speed and patented pull-up jumper that helped Pine Crest win two state titles and made Knight the No. 2 career scorer in Florida.



The Kentucky Wildcats will be featured on ESPN Super Tuesday four times during the 2010-11 season.

The Wildcats will first appear on Super Tuesday on January 18 against Alabama. They will be on back-to-back weeks in mid-February against Tennessee and Mississippi State. The final appearance will be March 1 against Vanderbilt.

Three of the four games will be at Rupp Arena.

ESPN Super Tuesday Schedule

(All games televised on ESPN and ESPN3.com; schedule subject to change)

Jan 11 7 p.m. Wisconsin at Michigan State 9 p.m. Florida at Tennessee
Jan 18 7 p.m. Michigan State at Illinois 9 p.m. Kentucky at Alabama
Jan 25 7 p.m. Florida at Georgia 9 p.m. Purdue at Ohio State
Feb 1 7 p.m. Purdue at Wisconsin 9 p.m. Vanderbilt at Florida
Feb 8 7 p.m. Indiana at Purdue 9 p.m. Tennessee at Kentucky
Feb 15 7 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky 9 p.m. Michigan State at Ohio State
Feb 22 7 p.m. Illinois at Ohio State 9 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Mar 1 7 p.m. Illinois at Purdue 9 p.m. Vanderbilt at Kentucky

John Wall Talks About His Role with the Wizards

ESPN's Skip Bayless "attempts" to do the John Wall Dance:



In an interview with The Washington Post, Wall discusses the upcoming season and how he will interact with Wizards' teammate Gilbert Arenas:

Kentucky Wesleyan Extends Radio Agreement for Sports


Kentucky Wesleyan College and the Cromwell Radio Group have reached a partnership extension to broadcast Panther athletics, according to KWC Director of Athletics Gary Gallup.

"We are very enthusiastic to be able to continue our partnership agreement with Cromwell," said Gallup. "This provides continuity for us, our sports programs and KWC fans. WVJS and WBIO audience penetration, increased ratings and expanded programming are tremendous features for us."

Under the extension, WVJS-AM 1420 and FM 100.5 will continue to be the flagship station for all football games and selected baseball, women's basketball and softball contests. WBIO-FM 94.7 for the 15th straight season will broadcast all men's basketball games.

All broadcasts will also be streamed on the athletic website: http://www.kwcpanthers.com/

"We are once again excited to be a partner of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Sports Network," said Lee Wilson, Cromwell Radio Group general manager. "Since our first broadcast in the fall of 1996 it has been a win-win situation for the both of us."

WVJS and WBIO are located at 1115 Tamarack Road in Owensboro.

Former Wildcats Strike a Pose for Picture Day








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More Fun with John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins

John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins break down the "Dougie" at NBA rookie photo day:



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John Wall vs. DeMarcus Cousins at Rookie Photo Shoot

Check out former Wildcats John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins having fun at the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot:



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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Kentucky Conquers Canada, Finishes Tour Undefeated


Kentucky 104
Windsor 75

Exhibition Game in Canada

The Kentucky Wildcats completed an undefeated three-game exhibition tour in Canada with a convincing 104-75 victory over the Windsor Lancers.

Brandon Knight led the way for UK with 27 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds. Darius Miller added 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Miller was 10-12 from the field and 3-4 from long range.
UK freshman Doron Lamb had his second consecutive impressive game with 23 points and 3 rebounds.

Josh Harrellson scored 8 points and pulled down an outstanding 19 rebounds.

Monty Hardware led Windsor with 23 points on 8-12 shooting.

Complete box score (via UKAthletics.com):



UK Stats for Canadian Tour:

Brandon Knight: 25.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 8.3 apg, 1.7 spg
Darius Miller: 20.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.7 bpg, 3.0 spg
Doron Lamb: 17.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2.3 spg
Deandre Liggins: 10.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.3 spg
Josh Harrelson: 9.7 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 4.0 bpg, 1.7 spg
Jon Hood: 8.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.7 spg, 0.7 bpg
Terrence Jones: 4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.0 bpg, 0.0 spg *
Stacey Poole: 3.3 ppg, 0.3 rpg, 0.3 apg, 1.3 spg
Jarrod Polson: 2.0 ppg, 0.7 apg, 0.3 bpg

* Jones only appeared in one game due to injury

"This is a very intelligent team." - John Calipari

Perjury in the Rick Pitino Extortion Trial?


Just when we thought the Rick Pitino extortion trial and sex scandal could not be any more bizarre, there are now allegations by attorney James Earhart that witnesses for the prosecution may have committed perjury during the trial.

Here is an excerpt from The Associated Press:

The attorney for the woman convicted of trying to extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino says prosecution witnesses may have lied during trial.

James Earhart made the allegation in a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville asking for more time to request a new trial. The motion says "a key witness or witnesses" in the case of 50-year-old Karen Cunagin Sypher may have committed perjury. It does not provide specifics


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John Wall Signs Exclusive Card and Memorabilia Deal


John Wall has signed an exclusive trading card and memorabilia deal with Panini America. Wall joins Kobe Bryant as the only NBA players with exclusive memorabilia deals with the company.

Here is an excerpt from WashingtonPost.com:

The one-year deal came together in the past 24 hours and was finally agreed upon as Wall participated in the rookie photo day at the New York Knicks training facility in Tarrytown. Panini will hold rights to Wall's autograph for both trading cards and memorabilia will use his image on packaging and in promotional appearances. Rookies Evan Turner and Wesley Johnson also signed minor deals with Panini.

Kentucky Native Todd Franklin Takes Over at Vincennes


Kentucky native Todd Franklin, who played college basketball at Brescia University, has taken the head coaching position at Vincennes University.

Franklin leaves Southeastern Illinois College, where he was 329-97 in 13 seasons.

Here is an excerpt from WTHITV.com:

VU Athletic Director Harry Meeks said Franklin’s work speaks for itself. “I’ve seen Todd’s teams player throughout the years and you just have to be impressed with what he does,” Meeks said. “They have always played with intensity and they’ve played smart basketball. Todd’s teams just look well coached and ready to play at a high level. I’m excited that he will be on our staff.”

Franklin said he has admired VU’s teams as well – for decades.

“I’m excited; I know what it means to be the basketball coach at Vincennes,” the Kentucky native said. “I will do absolutely everything I possibly can to add to what was built by the men (coaches) who were before me with the program.”

“It’s great to know that we’re going to go to another program that cares about winning and wants it as much as VU,” he added. “I’ve become what you would label as ‘a JUCO guy’ and it is time to make a move, but I wouldn’t have made it for any other junior college job. Vincennes is the Indiana-Kentucky-North Carolina kind of program on the junior college basketball level.”


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Photo: Southeastern Illinois College

John Wall on ESPN First Take and More

Here is former UK star John Wall on ESPN First Take:



In other Wall news today (actually yesterday), BulletsForever.com suggests that Wall's scoring numbers may be lower than you'd expect next season:

I firmly expect John Wall will be next year's Rookie of the Year, just so we're clear. Wall's impact goes far beyond how many points he scores. He's going to be great at pushing the ball and setting people up from Day 1, and he should be an elite defensive player pretty quickly. Voters will take note of all these things.

But in looking at the roster makeup, I think there's a very good chance Wall won't be scoring a ton of points next year. This is in part because he still has areas of his game that need to be developed. His jump shot, for example, is still a work in progress, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him play overly cautiously at times to avoid turning the ball over.

At the same time, I think the major reason Wall's points might be down have little to do with Wall himself and much more to do with three of Wall's fellow projected starters: Josh Howard, Andray Blatche and Gilbert Arenas


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Louisville to be Featured on ESPN College Hoops Marathon


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville's men's basketball season opener and first game in the new KFC Yum! Center against 2010 NCAA runner-up Butler University on Nov. 16 will be featured on ESPN at 8 p.m. during the network's third annual College Hoops Tipoff Marathon.

U of L's game is one of four featuring BIG EAST Conference schools that day on ESPN's family of networks, which also includes St. John's at St. Mary's (2 a.m., ESPN), Marist at Villanova in the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off (5:30 p.m., ESPNU) and Connecticut's women's home game against Baylor (6 p.m., ESPN2). ESPN's celebration of the opening of the college basketball season will include 20 live games - 19 men's and one women's -- in a minimum of 25.5 hours across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. ESPN3.com will offer two exclusive games as well as a simulcast of every ESPN and ESPN2 telecast, including the Cardinals against Butler.

Butler, which won a school-record 33 games (33-5 record), won the NCAA West Regional championship with victories over top-seeded Syracuse 63-59 and second-seeded Kansas State 63-56. The Bulldogs beat Michigan State 52-50 in the national semifinals before falling 59-61 to Duke in the title game to end a 25-game winning streak.

U of L will return nine lettermen from last season when the Cardinals won 20 games (20-13 record) for the eighth straight season against the nation's 11th toughest schedule, while earning its 36th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Cardinals have reached the NCAA Elite Eight three of the last six years. U of L's 2010-11 schedule is incomplete and will be announced in early September.

Source: University of Louisville

John Wall Posing with Everyone These Days

Photos of former Kentucky star John Wall posing with random fans, celebrities and "average Joe's" are popping up all over the place these days.

He has been snapped with everyone from Brandon Banks (Washington Redskins) to Bow Wow (musical artist).

Here are some pictures from The Washington Post (click here to see full gallery):



Union College Hires Jerrod Stanford as Assistant


BARBURVILLE, Ky. - Jerrod Stanford will take the reigns as the Union College men's basketball assistant coach, announced the Union College Athletics Department today.

A Spearville, Kan., native, Stanford joins the Bulldog program after spending the previous two years as a teacher and the head boys basketball coach at Spearville High School. During that time, Stanford accumulated a 40-and-7 record while leading the program to two state tournament berths.

While at the helm of the basketball program at Spearville High, Stanford also served as an assistant football coach. Stanford also served as the women's varsity assistant coach and the head junior varsity coach at Sterling College during those two seasons.

A 2008 Sterling College graduate, Stanford was also a youth speaker for the Caritate Dei Ministries from 2006-08. While working for Caritate Dei Ministries, Stanford traveled across the country ministering to youth at youth events.

Complete Release from UC

Former Wildcat Ramel Bradley Opens Up in Interview


Susan Shan recently caught up with former Kentucky guard Ramel Bradley and he had plenty to say about his time at UK, his life in New York and his future.

Here is an excerpt about Bradley's senior season under Billy Gillispie:

The Brooklyn courts gave him his hardened toughness. It took every ounce of sheer determination, pride, and resolve for him to endure former UK coach Billy Gillispie’s hellish practices.

But, the funny thing is, Bradley caught up with Gillispie on the phone a few weeks ago. In contrast, Bradley hasn’t talked to Tubby Smith, his coach for three years and the man who recruited him, since Smith left for Minnesota.

“Coach Smith is a great man; he taught me many things about life. But in terms of me growing as a person on and off the basketball court, I didn’t feel like I got the maximum out of him in those areas,” he said.

With Gillispie’s firing after only two seasons and subsequent DUI charge, there has been much talk about his character and coaching methods. Many of his former players say that Gillispie’s “no pain, no gain” attitude bordered on abuse.

Bradley, however, tells a different tale. “Playing for Coach G was the toughest, most brutal hardship I’ve ever gone through, mentally and physically. But, I improved so much. He made me better because he honestly cared about me and wanted me to become a better player,” he said.

Complete Article (Highly recommended)

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Tyndall's APR Improvement Among Best in Nation


MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) has improved 139 points, the seventh best jump in the nation according to a survey conducted by FOXSports.com.

The APR is the method the NCAA uses to rate all Division I teams in regards to academic process. In an effort to improve transparency, the NCAA recently released individual coaches’ APR, determined by a program’s score while that coach was employed there.

“I think this is another example of how much growth and progress we’ve made in the four years we’ve been at MSU,” Tyndall said. “We’ve graduated seven of our eight seniors and the overall team APR continues to improve. All of the credit goes to our players, our coaching staff and Valerie Ousley our academic coordinator.”

Only six coaches ranked higher in improvement than Tyndall, and he was the only Ohio Valley Conference coach to rank in the top 25 in improvement.

In order to make the list, a coach had to have coached during the 2007-08 season and still must be employed by the same school today. Overall improvement was measured by subtracting the 2006-07 APR total from the 2008-09 total, even if the 2006-07 APR score was inherited from the coach's predecessor.

Source: MSUEagles.com

Will Daniel Orton Spend Time in the NBA D-League?


Dan Savage of NBA.com writes that there is a chance that former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton will spend some time developing in the NBA D-League.

Orton, who was drafted late in the first round by the Orlando Magic, was disappointing in summer league play and needs to improve in several areas if he is to compete at the NBA level.

The Magic have not made a decision to utilize the D-League at this point, but President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith said, "It's more likely than it's been the past few years."

Here is an excerpt:

Since that time they’ve been affiliated with three different squads – the Bakersfield Jam, Reno BigHorns and New Mexico Thunderbirds – and haven’t made a single move.

But that trend could change this season. With two raw rookies on its current roster – Daniel Orton and Stanley Robinson – Orlando could opt to give its young players some court time with the T-Birds.

“It’s more likely than it’s been the past few years,” said Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith. “If we have four or five nights where we’re away then we might send them down for a couple games so they can get some games in.”


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Kentucky Bisons to Play in Beijing Tournament


The Kentucky Bisons will travel to Beijing, China in late September to compete in the 2010 Continental Basketball Club championship. The four-team exhibition event will be held September 30 through October 6.

Here is an excerpt from AmericanChronicle.com:

For the second time in as many years, the Owensboro-based Kentucky Bisons basketball team is heading to Beijing, China.

"There's a four-team exhibition tournament and we're the only American team among the four," said Bisons owner Jim Sills. "There are two teams from China competing, one from Australia, and one from America -- the Kentucky Bisons.

"They're flying us over, and we're planning on taking a total party of about 18, with 12 of them being players."

The Bisons will be competing Sept. 30 through Oct. 6 in the 2010 Continental Basketball Club championship, with one game guaranteed to be played in the Olympic Stadium, Sills said.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Silence of the Lamb as UK Manhandles Western Ontario


Kentucky 96
Western Ontario 68

Exhibition Game in Canada

Kentucky overcame a bit of a sluggish start to run away from a less talented Western Ontario club in tonight's exhibition game.

The Wildcats utilized a 12-3 run to start the second half and Western Ontario was unable to keep pace as Kentucky rolled to a 96-68 victory.

Doron Lamb rebounded from an off-night last night to lead all scorers with 24 points. Lamb was 9-14 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. He also had 4 assists and 4 steals.

Darius Miller was solid again tonight as he put in 20 points, 5 blocks, 5 steals and 4 rebounds.

Following a 31-point performance last night, freshman Brandon Knight had an impressive double-double with 17 points and 12 assists.

Adam Jespersen led Western with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Andrew Wedemire chipped in 18 points in the loss.

Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Official box score (via UKAthletics.com):



NOTES:
- UK played with Terrence Jones, who is out of action until mid-September with a stress fracture in his rib area; Jones should be back in time for individual workouts and ready for the season
- The Cats played again with only one true post player, John Harrellson; Darius Miller put in a good performance when asked to play in the paint
- Speaking of Harrellson, he technically "fouled out" but not officially as there are no foul limits during the three-game exhibition tour
- Nice bounce back (no pun) for Doron Lamb tonight; he was off last night and only shot 2-9 from the field; tonight, he was 9-14 and appeared much more active
- Jon Hood was out of sorts in the first half, but picked it up a bit after the break
- DeAndre Liggins continues to impress me with his play; he appears to be a match made in Heaven for the dribble-drive offense
- Kentucky started the game with: Darius Miller, Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson
- How about some of the passes Brandon Knight made tonight?
- UK returns to action tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m.; they will face the Windsor Lancers once again in the final game of the tour

UK Says Terrence Jones Out Until Mid-September


Andy Katz of ESPN.com just posted on Twitter that Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones has a stress fracture in his rib area and will be out until mid-September.

Here is Katz's post:

ESPNAndyKatz Kentucky put out a statement: FR Terrence Jones has stress fracture in rib which was causing pain in his left shoulder. Mid-Sept. return.

John Wall to Coach in Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game


Despite being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, former Kentucky Wildcat John Wall will actually make his next appearance on the court as a coach.

According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, Wall and NBA guard Brandon Jennings will coach in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game on August 28 in Venice Beach, California.

Here is a post on Twitter from Zagoria:

AdamZagoria John Wall and Brandon Jennings will coach in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game Aug 28 in Venice Beach

LaTimes.com clarifies that Wall and Jennings will serve as assistant coaches:

Derrick Taylor from Woodland Hills Taft and Reggie Morris Jr. from Playa del Rey St. Bernard will be coaching in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 all-star games Aug. 27-28 at Venice Beach.

NBA players Brandon Jennings from the Bucks and John Wall from the Wizards will be serving as assistant coaches.

Eastern Kentucky Announces Basketball Staff Changes


RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University head men’s basketball coach Jeff Neubauer announced recently that Austin Newton has been promoted to assistant coach and Ryan Wiersma has been hired as the director of basketball operations.

Newton had spent the previous two years as EKU’s basketball operations assistant. He began his coaching career in 2005 as a staff assistant at Massachusetts under former Eastern Kentucky head coach Travis Ford. The native of Campbellsville, Ky., played collegiate basketball at Eastern (2001-05) and helped the Colonels reach the 2005 NCAA tournament.

“With two years of experience on the staff, Austin is prepared to step on the court and help as an assistant coach,” Neubauer said. “He has a bright future ahead in the coaching profession and I’m very excited for him to help us in his new role.”

Complete Release from EKU

TRANSACTIONS

- Announced the promotion of Austin Newton to assistant men’s basketball coach.
- Announced the hiring of Ryan Wiersma as men’s basketball director of operations.

Union College Adds Transfer Darriel Hunter


BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College Men's Basketball program announced today the signing of transfer Darriel Hunter (Indianapolis, Ind.) to its squad for the 2010-11 season.

A 6-foot-3 point guard, Hunter joins Union after spending a season at Cincinnati Christian University, where he averaged 9.5 points last season for the Eagles.

Before spending last season at Cincinnati Christian, Hunter also played a season at Southern State Community College where he averaged 19 points, three assists and five rebounds.

"I am looking forward to seeing how Darriel fits into the Bulldog basketball program," commented head coach Sean Gillespie.

"He has played at a competitive level and will bring significant experience to the perimeter for us. We will be looking for solid leadership from him, which is earned through hard work and a desire to do whatever it takes for help the program."

Source: Union College

Windsor Discovers Kentucky's Big Blue Nation


The citizens of Windsor are discovering what we already know - Kentucky basketball fans are unbelievably passionate, if not a tad bit crazy.

The Windsor Star reports this morning that there were approximately 3,000 UK fans at the arena for last night's exhibition game against the University of Windsor. An hour-and-a-half before the game, there were at least 100 big blue fans lined up to get in the door.

Perhaps a Windsor player described it best:

“I thought when we came out, ‘Am I in Kentucky, or Windsor?’” wondered Lancers forward Isaac Kuon.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

At 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, three hours until game time, there were already about 100 blue-and-white clad Kentucky Wildcats fans lined up to get into the St. Denis Centre, even though the doors to the facility weren’t scheduled to open to the public until 5:30.

You might wonder what would drive someone to make a pilgrimage to Windsor for an exhibition basketball game.

You might wonder, if you weren’t a Kentucky fan.

Allow lifetime Wildcats supporter Tim Harrison of Smyrna, Tenn. to explain.

“We’ve got to see our freshmen play,” Harrison said. “We’ve got a lot of new freshman this year, and we want to see how good they’re going to be.”

The reason is that simple.

The passion is that deep.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Long Knight for Windsor; UK Pulls Away in Second Half


Kentucky 95
Windsor 62

Exhibition Game in Canada

The Kentucky Wildcats used an explosive second half to pull away from the Windsor Lancers in tonight's exhibition game in Canada.

After a Windsor layup early in the second half to cut the Kentucky lead to six points, the Wildcats went on a 16-6 run to take a commanding lead and the Lancers were not able to recover. From there, UK continued to run and make quality decisions to set the final score at 95-62.

Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight illustrated his potential to be John Calipari's next great point guard as he led all scorers with 31 points on 11-19 shooting. Knight also pulled down 7 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. Impressively, Knight played 28 minutes and did not commit a single turnover.

Darius Miller added a double-double for Kentucky with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. DeAndre Liggins was 5-6 from the field, scored 10 points and had 4 assists despite leaving the game early with a muscle cramp.
Jon Hood contributed 9 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Josh Harrellson, who is Kentucky's lone true post player on the trip, had 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

Isaac Kuon led Windsor with 19 points, despite shooting only 5-19 from the field.

The Wildcats shot 50.0% (37-74) from the field and out-rebound Windsor 47-29.

Complete UK Stats (click to enlarge):


NOTES:

- Freshman Terrence Jones only played 9 minutes and had to leave the game after aggravating his injured shoulder; UK officially announced that he was out for the game and his condition for tomorrow's game is "unknown"; he is listed as day-to-day

- UK played without big men Enes Kanter and Eloy Vargas; Kanter is working out eligibility issues and Vargas is completing academic work

- Kentucky's starting five was: Darius Miller, Jon Hood, Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson; it was noted that Calipari will likely have three different lineups on the trip as he observes his team

- The arena's capacity was listed at 2,600 and it appeared to be standing room only; Dave Baker noted on the broadcast that is "looked like a Kentucky home game."

- UK worked some on what appeared to be a 2-2-1 full court press and showed indications that they will be much more focused on Calipari's patented dribble-drive motion offense this season

- Windsor actually led 33-30 in the first half; UK used a 13-2 run that included 9 points by Brandon Knight to set the halftime score at: UK 43 UW 35

A few individual player notes:

- Brandon Knight looks to be the real deal; he is much faster than I anticipated and reminds me of John Wall without the explosive hops but with a better jump shot

- DeAndre Liggins appears to be much improved from a year ago; he took the ball to the basket with confidence and he was 5-6 from the field because he shot layups and short runners

- Darius Miller showed an improved outside shot (4-5 3pt) and looks stronger and quicker

- Terrence Jones was very limited due to injury, but it is easy to see that he has the potential to be great

- Jarrod Polson may be a little better than expected; he may be a walk-on after this season (it was noted that he is on scholarship this year), but he has the skills to hold his own

- Josh Harrellson was improved, but I'd love to see more out of him this season

- Stacey Poole Jr. did not show much on offense, but his defensive tenacity is something to keep an eye on

- Also see big improvements in the game of Jon Hood; he was a little shaky early but came through with a solid all-around performance

- Doron Lamb has the potential to be really good this season, but his jumper was off tonight (2-9 FG)

Just some final thoughts:

- Did anyone else notice the 3-4 UK fans that were absolutely hammering the officials when the cameras panned to the area behind the media table; I love that UK fans are so passionate that they basically sell out an arena in Canada on August 15 for an exhibition game

- It should be noted that there are no foul limits and teams can call unlimited timeouts during the 3-day exhibition tour; I note the fouls because Stacey Poole actually had 5 fouls but was still playing

Elliott County's Timmy Knipp Commits to Eastern Kentucky


Elliott County star Timmy Knipp has committed to Eastern Kentucky University.

The 6-8 Knipp averaged 31.1 points per game last season to lead the state of Kentucky.

He had offers from UTEP, Duquesne, Marshall, Radford, Tennessee Tech and James Madison.

Here is an excerpt from Jody Demling, who broke the news via Twitter:

"I liked (EKU's) style of play," Knipp said. "I really liked their coaches and it’s close to home."

Knipp was the only starter back for Elliott County last season and helped the Lions to a 20-8 record and semifinal spot in the 16th Region Tournament. He also averaged 8.5 rebounds, 4.5 blocked shots, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals a game. He's already scored 1,873 points during his career.

Team USA Blows Out France, Cuts Two from Roster


The United States rolled to an 86-55 victory over France today in an exhibition game at New York.
Prior to the game, Team USA cut JaVale McGee and Jeff Green, which leaves the roster at 13. All 13 players will likely travel overseas with the team, but one more will be cut before the World Championships begin on August 28.

Most believe that former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo will survive the final cut and make the World Championship roster. Rondo started today's game and played solid basketball.

Rudy Gay led the Americans with 19 points and Chauncey Billups added 17. Kevin Durant finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Team USA begins play in the World Championships against Croatia on August 28 in Turkey.

Team USA Remaining Exhibition Schedule:

Aug. 21: USA vs. Lithuania, Madrid, Spain, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN3.com
Aug. 22: USA vs. Spain, Madrid, Spain, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN3.com
Aug. 25: USA vs. Greece, Athens, Greece, Noon ET, ESPN2, ESPN3.com

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Los Angeles Lakers Sign Derrick Caracter


The Los Angeles Lakers have signed former Louisville and UTEP big man Derrick Caracter. Per team policy, the terms of the agreement were not released.

Caracter started five games for the Lakers 2010 Summer League team and averaged 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.


Source: USBasket.com

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